Bishop Seitz returned from his Ad Limina visit at the Vatican with a gift from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the victim’s families and the injured victims of the tragedy at Walmart on August 3rd.
During his two and a half-hour audience with the Holy Father, along with the Region X Bishops of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, Bishop Seitz requested that the Holy Father keep in his prayers the victims and the families of those affected by the events on August 3rd.
Following the meeting with the Region X Bishops, the Holy Father gave Bishop Seitz 50 rosaries that he had blessed to give as a personal gift from himself to those affected by those horrific events on August 3rd.
The Diocese of El Paso is requesting the shooting victims, specifically those 22 families who lost a loved one, and those who were injured during the tragedy, to reach out to the office of the bishop so that his office can receive a family and victim list and contact information. One rosary will be given to each family of the fallen and one rosary to those surviving victims.
The Diocese will be holding a small prayer vigil on February 6th at 5pm at the Pastoral Center Memorial to mark the six month since the tragedy.
For those families who choose to attend, Bishop Seitz will hand-deliver the gifts from The Holy Father, Pope Francis, at that time. The Diocese will also make arrangements for Bishop Seitz to hand-deliver these gifts at a later time of their choosing for those who cannot attend the vigil.